Brewer backs Mitchell, LePage for Blaine House run

Posted June 08, 2010, at 10:28 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Local Democrats selected Libby Mitchell and Republicans selected Paul LePage as their parties’ gubernatorial nominees and also cast ballots to repeal Question 1, the tax reform question, 1,317 to 828, according to unofficial results.

Mitchell took in 227 votes, beating out Steve Rowe, 163; Patrick McGowan, 149; Rosa Scarcelli, 128; and John Richardson, 7.

LePage, with 326 votes, earned the Republican nod from Brewer residents, followed by William Beardsley, 282, Steve Abbott, 181, Les Otten, 151, Peter Mills, 118, Bruce Poliquin, 16, and Matthew Jacobson, 13.

More than 2,100 Brewer voters, or about 27 percent of registered voters in the city, cast ballots, City Clerk Howard Kroll said.

“It was a very good turnout,” he said. “From 6:50 [a.m.] to 8 o’clock [tonight] it was nonstop.”

Residents also endorsed three of the four bond issues, but voted against Question 4, 987 to 1,141. Question 4 is a $23.75 million bond to fund community economic development, including conversion of the Brunswick Naval Air Station to civilian uses.

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